More than $1b wrongly taken out of super

Original article by Ronald Mizen
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 6 : 4-Jan-21

Just under $36 billion had been withdrawn from superannuation under the federal government’s coronavirus early release scheme when the scheme closed at midnight on 1 January. The Australian Taxation Office has estimated that over $1 billion could have been incorrectly withdrawn by people who were not eligible for the scheme, but the ATO has noted that compliance with the scheme was very high. Superannuation Minister Senator Jane Hume contends the pandemic has made people pay more attention to how their super is being managed, but critics of the scheme claim it will have an adverse impact on people’s retirement savings.

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AUSTRALIAN TAXATION OFFICE, AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE

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